Talking about Why Microsoft Engineers Should Not Name Products


Funny commentary on the clever names that developers love.  I think GLEE is pretty cool, actually.  I think it would be a great way to visualize a complicated Guided Help flow.  But yeah, I’m not a huge fan of clever names like TIARA, or GLEE.  They’re clever, but unappealing to me.   (Although at least they’re better than the names we seem to be getting from the Windows Live Sentence Naming Commision – source of Windows Live Desktop Search, Windows Live Desktop Mail, etc).

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Why Microsoft Engineers Should Not Name Products

When Microsoft allows the research engineers to name their own product – we get wonderful names like S.N.A.R.F. and P.H.L.A.T.
So keeping with their poorly named programs theme – Microsoft gives us:
G.L.E.E. (Graph Layout Engine) works on the principles of the Sugiyama scheme of layered layouts; providing visualization of graphs representing state machines, XML schemas, databases, and more.  It is a .NET application coming with a ready to use viewer. The application can be used to visualize a Finite State Machine, a flow chart, a control flow graph etc.
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1 Response to Talking about Why Microsoft Engineers Should Not Name Products

  1. Blake says:

    Wow — thanks for the mention! I\’ve enjoyed reading YOUR blog for a long time . . . but never thought a silly article would get your attention — glad I humored you a bit! (^_^)

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